Tag Archives: Pepper

The Green Shakshuka Experiment

I have been on a reading rampage so far this year as I work towards my goal of reading 25 books in 2017.  So far I’ve read 11. Commuting used to be an anxiety producing part of my day filled with honking horns and unexpected construction.  (Have I mentioned I live in Boston?)  Now, however, […]

The Harissa Breakfast Bowl Experiment

Harissa, I’m in love!  Over the course of the last year I’ve eagerly saved several recipes that highlight this North African hot pepper paste such as The Book Cooks’ one pan roasted chicken.  Some reading led me to the fact that each brand can have a slightly different flavor, and so I picked up a […]

Spaghetti Squash Primavera Bowl

We have a snow day here in Massachusetts! Not just schools, but state offices and many businesses are canceled as well, with 11-14 inches of snow predicted to fall over the course of the day.  Man, I couldn’t be happier.  I still feel that childhood rush of excitement when a snow day arrives.  The entire world […]

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

I have a love / hate relationship with what I will call the appetizer zone — that time after the guests arrive but before dinner is served.  While the most masterful chefs time everything perfectly, I am usually running around tidying and stirring while simultaneously greeting guests.  Inevitably, while chatting with folks or having a […]

The ‘Beans and Quinoa’ w Kielbasa Experiment

Well, I’ve had my first kitchen mishap in a long while. Recently, while throwing together this dish, I ended up accidentally nicking my finger as I was cutting the peppers.   No need to get into the details but as we say in school, I certainly received a ‘logical consequence’ for failure to use proper knife […]

Pesto and Pepper Frittata

Frittatas are the perfect ‘garbage meal’ meaning you can empty your fridge of practically any veggies, meats, and/or cheeses in order to create a unique and delicious meal. Beyond this, frittatas can be made ahead of time and then served cold or pre-heated. I’m grateful to have learned how to make these and of course […]

One Pot Pasta

I came home ravenous last night after my first real run of the season. It felt great to get moving again but I needed to make something that was fast, easy and hard to mess up so that I could engage in some necessary r&r. In previous weeks I’d seen a few recipes for this method […]

Taco Stuffed Peppers

This morning I went to a funeral for a dear friend’s wife whose body was taken by pancreatic cancer at age 42.  This poem, read at the ceremony, has been running through my mind all day.  As we enter 2016 I plan to keep these sentiments at the forefront of my consciousness. The Summer Day […]

Turkey and Black Bean Chili

Chili was the first meal I ever served to friends at my own apartment, and as such, it has a special place in my heart.  In my 20s I was a nervous chef.  While there is much more to that story, in that phase of my cooking life I was focused on getting the recipe […]

Potato Hash w/ Veggies

    One of my favorite times of the week, at this moment in my life, is sleeping in on the weekends, turning off technology, and creating a delicious breakfast out of whatever we can find around the kitchen.  Yesterday, we had one of these mornings where we made this recipe and then spent the […]